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Old 17-03-2014, 08:26 PM
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Default Contract jobs being repackaged as internships

Saw an ad...

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Accenture - Graduate Intern Contractors

Immediate – 3 months contract (subject to extension)
Singaporeans and Singapore PR only
Business related courses or IT related courses
Salary Range for Degree Graduates: SGD 1300
Salary for Masters Under Graduates: S$1600 per month
Standard Benefits: 12 days AL, 14 days ML, pro rata.
Medical insurance to kick in only after 3 months of service
Students will sign a contract with Accenture’s master vendor and will be referred as contractors
Interns can get their respective hiring managers to review/ provide the performance evaluation etc
20% employee CPF contribution is applicable since these students are coming in as contractors
All candidates will be subjected to background checks
All candidate are expected to commit fully to the contract duration. Long holiday plans will not be considered.
https://talentconnect.nus.edu.sg/car...17547243833542

First time I've heard of an internship which requires CPF contribution and in which interns are hired through vendor. Sounds like a sneaky way to underpay graduates.

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tbh, i think it is good for grads who cant enter direct. at least the lower std of entry will allow the grads to showcase their working ability and be considered for a perm role

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How are they trying to under pay you???

You get less but they still have to pay the 20% to your cpf. On top of that they also have to pay the employers contribution.

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hello friend, thanks for sharing. nice of accenture to take in fresh grads. normally internship with companies can do without CPF contribution because IRAS would have an agreement that companies are hiring students and hence in audit accounting would reflect the situation. In accenture case as a private firm perhaps it might not have this agreement and thus cash flows from accenture would be marked as "contract worker, applicable for CPF contribution".
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How are they trying to under pay you???

You get less but they still have to pay the 20% to your cpf. On top of that they also have to pay the employers contribution.
Fresh grad pay is 3k...20% of 1k is $200.
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Fresh grad pay is 3k...20% of 1k is $200.
And worse still, you're not even hired directly with accenture.
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Service jobs being repackaged as internships

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Intern at Starbucks

The Starbucks internship program is your chance to be highly innovative and collaborative in a supportive environment, and to demonstrate your leadership potential.
Based at both our stores and support centre, the Starbucks internship is designed to provide a robust and meaningful experience that includes high impact, business-relevant projects with well-defined goals and deliverables. You’ll have access to professional development and mentorship, leadership exposure, and Starbucks support centre’s immersion activities.

Job Description:

Phase 1 - Business Operations (60-70% of total course hours)
Like everyone in Starbucks, you will be initiated into Starbucks as a barista. You will learn
- The coffee knowledge and the necessary bar skills.
- The customer service skills.
- The advance selling skills and all the new marketing promotions events.
- The food safety and food handling.
You will be attending the training or workshop provided from Starbucks, such as food and hygiene certification, coffee master certification, barista certification. It is a fun and inspirational way for interns to demonstrate what they learned from Starbucks.


Phase 2 - Business Support (30% of total course hours)
After experiencing the front end service delivery, you will move to the support centre to hone your skills further in one of the support teams - Operations Services, Marketing and Category, IT & Supply Chain, Finance, Human Resources, Store Development, Learning and Development and Admin.

Phase 3 – Give Back (10% of total course hours)
You must be bursting with ideas now as you come to the end of your internships. We would like to hear from you how Starbucks can continue its robust growth and excellent food and service experience. Pool your ideas with other interns and propose new innovations, new processes, and even new food varieties!
://.*************/jobs/detail/9356

at $550 a month, is it cheaper than foreign talents?
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what to do....nowadays students/undergrads/fresh grads all willing to forgo their salary and land an internship to hone their skills...sometimes you think of it..is it worth it?

i have so many friends who went to student exchange programs and did half a dozen of internships...but had difficulties finding job or just earning normal fresh grad pay...
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How are they trying to under pay you???

You get less but they still have to pay the 20% to your cpf. On top of that they also have to pay the employers contribution.
Accenture's fresh grad starting pay is $4000. So it's definitely underpaid.
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At my company, interns rarely ever join back as a perm employee. At least not as an extension of their internship to a perm role. Even the interns know that so they just hang around trying to pass time till the internship is over. Ironically they hold the cards, so we have hardly any influence over them.
Contractors on the other hand are a different story. They all yearn to be get a permanent role and most will go to any lengths to please their bosses. And if the contractor is a hot girl, then the boss is a real lucky bastard
Had a case where this contractor and boss (married) always used to be on leave on the same days. She wasn't really that good at her job but after her contract got over, instead of renewing it, the boss got her a permanent role instead. That's when the gossip started and shortly after the boss left to another company. She was let go for poor performance later, but she got a salary boost and, for what its worth, a pedigree company name on her CV.
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